- Hardcover: 501 pages
- Publisher: Scalo Publishers; First Edition edition (February 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3039390031
- ISBN-13: 978-3039390038
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.1 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bill Henson: Mnemosyne Hardcover – February, 2005
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Also by the same artist:
Bill Henson: Lux et Nox
This particular volume collects all of Bill's work, which is a great study of how a world class artist comes to be. A must have art photo book. Really, this is essential art.
The sexual content of at least three black and white S&S may be disturbing. "Untitled sequence 1977" (pages 36-51) has photos of a young man masturbating. "Untitled sequence 1979" (68-99) has photos of a young boy, a crowd, and parts of a boy's body. "Untitled 1979/80" (176-191) shows photos of a nude boy.
Two series provoke a sense of mystery. "Untitled 1980/82" (135-175) contains B&W photos of people in a crowd looking worried. "Untitled 1977/87" photos (192-217) are highly manipulated (e.g., streaked, multiple-negative) B&W images.
"Disgust" was my reaction to "Untitled 1983/84" (243-281), B&W images of paintings in museums, baroque architecture, etc. juxtaposed with staged images of teenagers (some naked, dirty, "bleeding," and/or "dead").
I'm not sure what three color S&S mean. "Untitled 1985/86" (284-327) switches between young people and architecture. "Paris Opera Project 1990/91" (359-381) alternates pictures of "opera-goers" and the outdoors. Pages 403-435 have cut-and-taped 1992/93-1996/97 photocollages.
Finally, the awesome color photos of adolescents at night (446-493) are similar to Henson's 2002 book "Lux et Nox."
My only minor qualms about the book are: (1) The hardcovers should have been thicker and stiffer. (2) There are no "installation views." (3) The font size (for the commentaries interspersed among the photos and the interview of Henson) is small.
Mnemosyne represented memory in Greek mythology, and this book is certainly memorable. Use Amazon.com to buy it!